PHUKET: Airports of Thailand (AoT) Phuket warned those celebrating Loy Krathong today that releasing lanterns in the Air Safety Zone surrounding the international airport could result in charges carrying a sentence of up 20 years imprisonment or death.

The hefty penalty is cited in Thailand Air Navigation Act, BE Section 6(3).

“People like to release lanterns during Loy Krathong, especially people staying at hotels or in areas where celebrations are being held,” Acting Director of Phuket International Airport Kanputt Mungklasiri said.